Monday, June 27, 2011

Thanks NYS: Equality

When I first read about the news of New York State passing a bill to recognize same-sex couples to be married, I was so incredibly happy. I was about to go to sleep and decided (I know...addicted) to check my iPod Touch once more, and that's when I discovered the news.

It was such a great way to end the day and to close my eyes for the night. However, I was busting from the seams with joy wanting to shout my happiness and appreciation for this major milestone for New York State and instead took to the Internet to convey my feelings. Eventually, I was able to fall asleep with a smile on my face.

Having lived in New York most of my life, and then moving to New Jersey for just the past few years, I still consider myself a New Yorker, and am so proud of this major accomplishment for my home state.

I am so incredibly happy for the men and women who have been fighting for equality, for sadly too long, to help make this milestone possible. While there is so much more work to be done to help provide equality for all, each step like this is an accomplishment in the right direction.

As a parenting blog writer I can't help but share perspective of this news as far as parenting goes.

What matters most for children is to have individuals who love them unconditionally. Whether it's a mommy and daddy unit, two mommies, two daddies, a mommy or daddy on their own, or even aunts, uncles or grandparents as caregivers, children require love, direction, passion, appreciation, support, devotion, guidance and, above all, love.

Hence, love comes in all shapes and sizes and I am just so glad that New York State has recognized that same-sex couples, and those especially who may already be parents, can now officially become spouses too.

This news of freedom and equality in New York brings me great happiness, especially for friends of mine who have been waiting for this news for quite some time.

Here's to love, appreciation and recognition of all people regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation. Love who you want to love. Life is too short to be told otherwise.

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